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be looking for when they gather next month to choose benedict's successor. >> announcer: major funding for religion and edge ikz news weekly is brute to you by a family foundation dedicated to its founders' interest in religion, community development and education. additional funding also provided by mutual of america, designing customized, individual and group retirement products. that's why we're retirement company. and the corporation for public broadcasting. >> welcome. i'm bob abernethy. it's good to have you with us. pope benedict xvi stunned the world this week with the surprise announcement that he's decided to resign, the first pope to step down in 600 years. our coverage today includes analysis from two experts on the church, and it begins with reaction from catholics and non-catholics alike, gathered by our managing editor kim lawton. >> benedict said he's resigning "for the good of the church." >> isn't that a profound sign of his own humility in that he was able to recognize when, you know, it just was more than he could handle? and instead of letting just sort of others d
the vatican today as tens of thousands crowded st. peter's square for one of pope benedict xvi final public appearances. the pope will set step down 11 days from now, setting in motion the search for a new leader and maybe a new direction for the catholic church. nbc's anne thompson is at the vatican tonight with more. anne? >> reporter: good evening, lester. tonight, the pope is on a week-long lenten retreat inside the vatican with the days of his papacy numbered. now, every public appearance of benedict's is a must-see event. for more than 50,000 people, this was the only place to be, a global villageful the faithful and curious in st. peter's square to say thank you and good-bye to pope benedict xvi. >> as soon as he resigned, i knew i definitely wanted to come and witness it. >> reporter: 20-year-old thaddius howard of georgia brought an american flag. >> i wanted to let the pope know that he is supported by all of us from america. >> reporter: in six different languages, benedict addressed the crowd. >> thank you for the prayers and support you have shown me. >> reporter:? german, he s
much more shock. >> the breaking news this morning, pope benedict saying he will resign. >> he will resign at the end of february. >> stephen: resign? the pope is quitting? popes don't quit. god has a way of telling popes when it's time to retire. it's called death, okay? [laughter] [cheers and applause] very few audiences are willing to applaud for death. [ laughter ] think about it, you didn't see jp2 trading his papal staff for a nine iron and moving to boca. a pope has not voluntarily resigned in 717 years. i mean what is even the ritual for announcing it? i know when the cardinals are voting, no pope is black smoke. a new pope is white smoke. i assume slacker spoap bong smoke. -- slacker pope is bong smoke. [ laughter ] [cheers and applause] why is the holy see saying holy see you later? >> it's strength of mind and body is necessary. strength has tee deteriorating in me to the extend that i could accurately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. >> stephen: really? i'm calling p.m. it on this one. [cheers and applause] first of all, you dent get to leave for that? you thin
to be up in like two hours. big news from vatican city tonight. >> pope benedict xvi announcing he is stepping down as leader of the catholic church. >> jon: popes can do that? i assumed the papacy was like a lifetime commitment like being in the mob or being a correspondent on "60 minutes." in any case we'll bring you full team coverage of the pope's resignation in "holy quit." how is it going with that popey changey thing? now, the pope has issued a statement citing the growing toll of his advanced age leaving him ill suited for his ministry. but popes usually don't retire until they are called back to the home office. this hasn't happened in 600 years. the obvious question would be... >> what does a retired pope do? 's a retired pope to do? do retired popes do? jon: i'm not a religious scholar but if i know anything about retired people probably the same as what they all do. ♪ what do you mean what does he do? he's an 85-year-old. what does he do? he sits on his porch in a track suit and wrap-around sunglasses and he yells at the neighbor's kids. maybe he putters around in gar
turn out to listen and catch a glimpse of the aforementioned pope. pope benedict xvi in one of his final public appearances. >> find out why you may want to really monitor what your children see. >>> wusa9 is back in two minutes with those >>> good morning. many of you are enjoying the holiday, thank you for watching us. you want to bundle up or hunker down into the covers each more because it is so cold outside. >> boy you said it. >> down to the teens in a few spots. we won't have the snow showers like yesterday. it is going to be a nice, sunny monday around here. let's talk about it. we have a cold start. here's your day planner this monday morning. president's day 2013. temperatures starting out in many cases a few upper teens right now. as we head toward the afternoon hours, we are not going to have the showers around. temperatures will be climbing into the low 40s with lots and lots of sunshine today. lots of sunshine. pittsburgh down to 10, 18 new york, providence 16. they have a bunch of snow here in eastern massachusetts. richmond on down to 21. we are going to start to ha
. >> -- and all that matters. >> a new report says that benedict's hearing has deteriorated and he's got blind in the left eye. >> the conclave may start earlier. >> could you be the next nominee? >> that enters the world of fantasy. >> -- on "cbs this morning." >> the first lawsuit from a passenger aboard the carnival cruise ship. >> finally one of those vacations that will be remembered as his idea. >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." the white house is under fire after a draft of its immigration plan leaked over the weekend. >> republicans are accusing the administration of meddling in bipartisan plans to score political points. bill plante is at the white house. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, norah, good morning, charlie. white house officials say what they really want is for the senators from both sides to write a new law to reform immigration. they denied that they're trying to politicize the process. president obama's newly pointed chief of staff said sunday that the white house is working on a plan of its own to deal with the 11 million undocument
>>> right now at 5:00, tens of thousands have gathered at the vatican to see one of pope benedict's last public appear ens before he steps down. we'll have bay area reaction as well. >>> also san francisco police are asking for the public's help in finding this man who is suspected in a couple of mission district attacks. >>> and a historic day in racing as danica patrick breaks down a longstanding barrier. we'll show you, next. >>> nbc bay area news starts now. >>> good evening. i'm diane dwyer. >> i'm terry mcsweeney. less than two weeks before pope benedict steps down, a massive crowd gathered to hear what could be one of his last public prayers. 50,000 people came to st. peter's square, doubled last week's crowd. >> reporter: in rome where there is no shortage of must-see attractions, suddenly elderly pope benedict is number one on everyone's list. today he delivered his weekly prayer from his balcony just as he has for nearly eight years, but this crowd was worthy of a rock star. iz exit from his last public mass on ash wednesday turned churchgoers into paparazzi. the hottest ticket
that came to hear benedict's second to last weekly blessing. >> being jewish i did not think it would be that big of a deal but it was moving to see it. see all of the people who supported him. >> reporter: cardinals around the world are starting to gather here at the vatican. they will hold a farewell ceremony with the pope and then set a date for the gathering called the congave to elect his successor. >> reporter: he is the first pope to retire in 600 years. >> it raises questions because now we have a press death precedent in modern times. >> some think it is an opportunity to update the catholic church. >> the church has been conservative until now and maybe a younger person, although i respect him totally as pope, but i think they need some young people. >> reporter: the pope says he will live in a monstare inside of vatican city after he steps down. -- monistary inside of the vatican city after he steps down. >>> getting to them. early. >>> it was fun while it lasts but now the mild weather is history. i will place the timing of the r
more progressive than benedict. >> i think that it's good he decided to resign if he feels like hs aging enough that he can't be in control of the p church and divisions and put someone in significantly younger and have more of a heartbeat of the younger generation and what might matter to them move forward. >> among the candidates, one from the philippines recently said the church should listen more and admit its mistakes. it's unlikely the new pope will be from the united states. >>> beautiful day for a trip to the beach. it's still february. this is what it's going to look like tomorrow. it's not going to look this way in the early part of the workweek. >>> meteorologist is tracking a major change coming up in the forecast. >> i don't think it's going to include many beach days. forecast today, cooler than saturday's 70-degree high temperatures. santa cruz, a lot of sunshine. 57 in fremont. here is what lies ahead in the forecast. cold trough of low pressure dropping in on us. right around this time tomorrow night. clouds are filling in. we'll see rain and we'll see wind. that's
benedict's announcement and its what everyone is talking about. >> he is almost 86 and has every right. it shows humility. it's good. >> it's a very big step. people have often suffered from the office. it's good to see that a pope can resign. they are human, too. >> in western germany, home to one of the oldest catholic diocese. they won the church year to modernize. pope benedict is the source of much heated debate. >> 80%-90% of all followers use contraception, officially forbidden by the vatican. if we and drifted apart to such an extent, something must be wrong. >> it is not just an issue among worshipers. he says the bishops are often too detached and have to deal with grass-roots issues. >> i see this among the full- time staff, the ones on the front line. they are frustrated and disappointed with the leadership, the bishops' conference, but disappointed with wrong. this is much greater than among normal questions. >> the mass is over in berlin. the priest here is happy with the church. he is an admirer of pope benedict saying there's no need for change. >> i enjoy reading every
. >> all that. >> and another for carmelo anthony. >> and all that matters. >> a new report says benedict's hearing has deteriorated. he's even gone blind in his left eye. >> the conclave to elect the next pope might start earlier than expected. >> could you be the nominee? >> that enters into the world of fantasy. >> on "cbs this morning." >> the first lawsuit has been filed by one of the passengers on board that damaged carnival cruise ship. >> finally ending the vacation that couples aboard will forever remember as his idea. >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." the white house is under fire after a draft of its immigration plan leaked over the weekend. >> republicans are accusing the administration of meddling in bipartisan congressional plans for immigration reform to score political points. bill plante is at the white house. bill, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. and good morning out west. the leaked white house plan does provide a path to citizenship after eight years. but white house officials say that what they really want is for senators from both parties
. >> kirit, our thanks to you. >>> on this sunday, a swelling crowd at the vatican for one of pope benedict's final appearances. just as we learn tonight of jockeying among the cardinals of the vatican and of the bold warning. cardinals will be told they will not be allowed to tweet when they arrive to choose the new pope. david wright reporting from the vatican. david? >> reporter: good evening, david. it's late, but the lights are on tonight in the pope's apartment. just look up there. they seem to be the only ones on. perhaps he's packing up. earlier today as he addressed the faithful, he didn't even acknowledge his imminent departure, but the crowd sure did. at least 50,000 roman catholics came to say goodbye. but pope benedict kept it strictly business as usual. even though he will appear in that window just one more time, before he makes way for someone else. >> the crowd was here for benedict today and it matters probably more to them than to him. >> reporter: even before this pope has fully said his goodbyes, behind the scenes the focus has already turned to choosing his successor.
, for a manager. >> benedict's successor will need to make his mark by bringing order to the religious version of corporate chaos. allen pizzey cbs news rome. >> jeff: we are joined now by "washington post" reporter jason horowitz who has been following the politics of the vatican. jason, allen called this a sort of corporate chaos. in your estimation what kind of shape is the vatican in right now? >> well with the vatican we're talking about a 2,000-year-old institution. and it operates literally behind closed walls. so the power games that you see in any institution are much more fierce there because there's no turn over. people have been plotting and looking for power for a very long time. so in benedict you will someone who at the end of his papasee tried to introduce some reforms that would perhaps create some more transparency and root out some of what some called corruption there. he appointed one archbishop a fellow named to do this. and he took the mission to heart and actually sought out what he called corruption. and instead he faced entrenched opposition and was actually essentiall
benedict xvi.  >>> a any report is offering more details into the apparent failing health of pope benedict xvi. a german magazine citeed a journalist who has interviewed the pope. >> he said the pope and to have gone blind in one eye and he has become thin. >> we have more on what the pope told the faithful this weekend. >> reporter: fifthful pilgrims received blessings from pope benedict xvi delivering his second to last angeles blessing in st. peter's square on sunday. benedict made history when he announced he would resign from the papacy on february 2th making him the first pope to voluntarily step down in over 600 years. his speech made no direct reference to that decision but asked loyal pilgrims to pray for him and the next pope. >>> maybe he has health problems but there are also problems inside the church. many things have happened that wear in the aware of but he knows what problems he should face. >> reporter: traditionally, vatican cardinals wait 15 to 20 days after the papacy is vacant to vote for the new pope. many have i wanted the conclave may start sooner than mar
. >>> tens of,000 of catholics flocked to the vatican to see pope benedict xvi in one of his final public appearances. the crowd cheered as pope benedict offered blessings in several languages from his window over looking saint peter's square. the pope stunned the world when he revealed he will resign from the papacy effective the end of the month. >> the crowd was here for benedict and it probably mattered more to them than him. >> this marks the first time in more than 600 years that a pope has resigned. was rather tn office than have death. cardinals will arrive and vote for benedict's successor. >>> new at 11:00, a man may have lost his job after a mother says he slapped her toddler's son on board an airliner. this man, joe hundley plans to turn himself in to face assault charges. jessica bennett claims hundredly not only slapped her 19-month-old adoptive son but referred to the ch awith a racial slur. hundredly appeared to be -- hundley appeared to be drunk. >> he fell on to my face and ear -- or his mouth was in my ear and he said it again, but even more hateful. he was on my face s
to say thank you and good-bye to pope benedict xvi. >> i knew i wanted to come witness it. >> reporter: 20-year-old thadeus howard of georgia brought an american flag. >> i wanted the pope to know he's supported from america. >> reporter: in six different languages benedict addressed the crowd. >> thank you for your prayers and support you have shown me in these days. >> reporter: in german he spoke of his difficult days. in [ speaking spanish spanish he as for himself and the future pope. his retirement creates a situation not seen in the church in centuries. two living popes. john davis who covered the vatican for 30 years says benedict is not a med ler. >> he'll probably ensure whatever he does he would never up stage the next pope. >> reporter: while appreciated today as a holy man, critics say his executive skills fell woefully short. >> there is a need for someone who has managerial skills in terms of running the ship of state. neither john paul ii nor benedict were managers by nature. >> reporter: benedict's failures, made public in documents leaked by his butler last year layin
. >> reporter: currently the conclave to choose the successor to benedict xvi is scheduled to begin between march 15 and march 20 but there's talk that day could be moved up because the cardinals who will vote on his successor are all scheduled to be here to say good-bye to the pope on february 28th. i'm anne thompson in rome. >>> one of those with a vote is roger mahoney, the former bishop of los angeles. he's expected in court. he's facing a deposition of accusations he maneuvered behind the scenes to protect accused priests and to protect the church. despite those accusations and being removed as archbishop in l.a. he still remains a cardinal in the church and that qualifies him to cast a vote in selecting the next pope. critics are calling on mahoney to remove himself from voting. but cardinal law faced the same and still cast a vote in the election of pope benedict. >> varying opinions on who should be the next pope. the new leader will be in place in two weeks. today in downtown san jose many said they're sad to see the pope step down. they praise him for the work he's done but unders
's square today. that is double the number of people who attended just last week. pope benedict's final audience scheduled for a week from wednesday. 35,000 people have already requested tickets to that. he plans to go in retirement in vatican city. >>> here in the bay area, there are varying opinions on who should be the next pope. today in downtown san jose, some suggested the next pope should be a woman or minority. well, a woman is off the table. but any baptized catholic male can be the pope. everyone we spoke to today agreed the next pope should be someone more progressive than benedict. >> i think that it's good that he decided to resign if he feels he's aging enough that he can't be in control of the church and decisions. perhaps it's time to put someone in significantly younger and has more of a heart beat on what would matter moving forward. >> the next leader is expected to be in place in a couple of weeks. >>> hundreds of people gathered today to mark a time in u.s. history they hope will ner be repeated. the annual day of remembrance marked the signing of the executive orde
of thousands jammed st. peter's square in vatican city sunday for pope benedict's second to last republican appearance. he'll sit down at the end of this month and the vatican says a new pope could be installed by mid-march. pope benedict's last public appearance is scheduled for sunday. >>> in russia, a modern-day gold rush for meteor fragments. people say they found chunks of space rock buried in snow. if they're real, fragments could be worked thousands of dollars. meanwhile an army of volunteers turned up sunday after the blast that blew out windows in an industrial town about 950 miles from moscow. around 1,200 people were injured. >>> it is tax season and tax fraud continues to be a growing problem. just last month, the irs made over 100 arrests in identifying theft-related cases -- rather identity theft-related cases. as seth doane reports, irs is struggling to keep ahead of the crime wave. >> reporter: in 2011 he waited patiently for a $10,000 tax refund. when he contacted the irs, it said he had already been paid. >> somebody filed with a forged w-2 from walmart, claimed a refund,
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. less than two weeks before pope benedict -- benedictus steps down officially. more on what is next for the catholic church as the cover the world. >> in rome, pope benedict is suddenly number one on everybody's list. today, he gave his weekly prayer. this crowd was worthy of a rock star. his exit from his last public mask turned churchgoers' into paparazzi. 35,000 people have already requested three tickets since the vatican. >> i think he will make it work because he will simply retire into the deep background and not be seen in public. >> eventually, he will live in this renovated monastery in vatican city, close to the new pope. no one expects him to be intrusive. >> the new pope may come in and seek his advice. >> he will be remembered as the pope who resigned. without a doubt. it may be his finest legacy to the church, his greatest gift. he has brought papacy into the modern age. the process to choose the successor is scheduled but it could move up. >> back to you. >> now, your weather forecast. >> it was a rod day. the wind had something to do with it. it felt like the teens
lenten prayer. benedict's hearing has deteriorated. he appeared to have even gone blind in his left eye. his body is so thin, tailors had a hard time with his clothing. a reporter said he's never seen the pope so exhausted looking. >>> there are new details about friday's meteor strike in central russia. scientists are confirming the first fragments have been located. found near a hole in a frozen lake where a big chunk landed. some so-called meteor piece, with no proof they're the real deal, have appeared on ebay. >>> now to the immigration reform. republicans and democrats alike are predicting president obama would fail if he pushes forward with his own plan. illegal immigrants would be able to get a green card in eight years. top republican law maikers don't like that. >> by giving advantage for those who cut in line ahead of those coming here legally, he's looking for a partisan advantage. >> the white house says the president would push his own plan only if lawmakers can't get the job done. >>> police tape where one woman was murdered in chicago. six others wounded. this woman's si
's news headquarters, i'm harris falkner. pope benedict xvi making his first public appearance since shocking catholics around the world with the decision to retire at the end of the month and benedict blessing 100,000 faithful gathered at st. peter's square. the first pontiff to step down in a hundred years. and the conclave for choosing his replacement could be moved up. new information on oscar pistorius and his claim that he fatally shot his girlfriend by accident. police found a bloody cricket bat at the scene and that the story of the supermodel girlfriend reeva steenkamp had a crushed skull in addition to four bullet wounds and the charges of premeditated murder has a bail hearing tuesday and her funeral is set for that same day. i'm harris falkner, now, let's get you back to huckabee. >> mike: last week we showed you how vice-president joe biden promoted his gun control policies during his trip it france and this week, he's back to pushing banning assault weapons in the states and on monday in philadelphia he asked his friends in the media for a little help. >> we were counti
begin this sunday with the resignation of pope benedict xvi. the pontiff today delivered one of his last sunday blessings from the vatican. tens of thousands of people packed st. peter's square today to hear the departing pope. next sunday will be the last time the 85-year-old pontiff temperatures will the traditional blessing from his apartment window. the pope announced earlier this month he will retire on february 28th due to failing health. >>> this is a unique and historic moment in the church and bay area catholics are anxiously awaiting a decision on pope a's successor. allie rasmus continue ours coverage interest from st. mary's cathedral in san francisco. >> reporter: heather, right now you can see dozens of people still filing out of st. mary's cathedral in san francisco. necessity were part of a ceremony to welcome new members to the catholic faith, so the people that you seeer are in the process of converting to catholicism. can you see some of them taking a picture with the archbishop. today was the first sunday of lent and also the first sunday since pope benedict announced
in that window just one more time before he makes way for someone else. >> the crowd was here for benedict today. it mattered probably more to them than him. >> reporter: behind the scenes, the focus also already turned to choosing his successor. a process that's always followed strict rules. perhaps the cardinals won't wait the usual 15 days to start the election. but from so quarters strong objection. only the pope can change pope law. for him to do so now might look like he's meddling. his retirement has already shaken the process up. "saturday night live" parodied that idea with a retirement ad. one more change this time around, twitter. nine cardinals do it, but they won't be allowed to once inside the conclave because the vatican doesn't want a tweet to upstage the white smoke. david wright, abc news, the vatican. >> talk about two -- the juxtapositions of two different eras. >> talking about years, decades, centuries ago with the white smoke and modern day twitter. but i have a feeling none of the cardinals would tweet something like that out. >> i think they take the secrecy very serious
danica patrick sdo something that is truly a first. pope benedict xvi takes the last opportunities to connect with a master. what a welcome he gets. >> erupting in cheers as pilgrims have their spiritual leaders during one of the most cherished editions of the catholic church pope benedict 15's following the decision to resign. also new developments after accusations this man got physical aboard a plane because a child was crying. >> i pushed him away that's when he lashed out. >> in minutes how the mom is claiming the child is suffering as a result. they are called the latest for a reason. >> the firefighters battled this inferno. >> we begin tonight with an emotional day in rome. pope benedict xvi made the first public pier rance shocking catholics around the world with the decision to retire at the end of the month. the pope speaking to a crowd estimated at 100,000 people in saint peters square. the pontiff's voice strong as he spoke in 6 languages blessing worshippers in the square and beyond and thank will them for their love and support. >> thank you. your presence here is a
the crowd to pray for the next pope who will be selected a few weeks after pope benedict steps down. >>> wikileaks founder is trying an unusual method of avoiding prosecution. he's running for office. he believes that if he wins, the u.s. would drop its espionage investigation against him. he is accused of sex crimes in sweden. he's currently in london england where he was granted asylum. >>> a man charged with slapping a toddler on an airplane is out of a job this morning. >> he was let go, agc aerospace has announced that joe huntley is no longer employed. the idaho man is charged with slapping a 2-year-old toddler and calling him a racial slur during a recent delta flight. >> i could not believe that he would say something like that, and to a baby, or about a baby, and then to hit him was just, i felt like i was in another world. i was shaking. >> this former employer called the allegations "offensive and disturbing ." his lawyer says he will plead not guilty to the assault charges. >>> it's koby versus lebron, the east takes on the west in t
pope benedict xvi will address crowds from that famous window overlooking st. peter's square. over 100,000 people turned out to hear pope benedict ask for prayers for the next pope. ben wedeman is covering the story from rome. >> reporter: a much larger crowd crammed into st. peters square to hear pope benedict give his penultimate angeles prayer. he asked for them to pray for him and the next pope. the pope is now going into a week-long lenten retreat. this is an annual tradition, and part of the lenten season. when he re-emerges, he will convene the last angelis prayer and then step down as the pontiff. it's not clear at this point when the meeting of the conclave, the meeting of 117 cardinals assembled to vote for the next pope will meet. however, a senior vatican spokesman on saturday said that, it could happen earlier than planned, before the 15th of march. i'm ben wedeman, cnn, reporting from rome. >> all right. thank you, ben. >>> a cold day to talk about global warming. thousands braved frigid temperatures on the national mall to demand action on climate change. [heart beating]
appearance, overlooking saint peter's square, benedict asked pilgrims to pay for the next pope. the retired pope creates a host of problems that will require creative solutions. benedict will eventually live inside vatican city. that will allow him to stay out of the public eye and ensure security. because it is sovereign territory, it will also make it impossible for lawyers to sue him for the sex abuse scandal, which some have already tried to do. when the pope dies, normally, his writings are put in the secret archives. but benedict plans to keep writing so his notes will likely be handed over to him. the issue has been titled bishop emertus of rome, for which he'll be paid a salary of just over $3,000 a month. there is still no firm decision on whether church law can be altered to choose a successor prior to 15 days after the pope leaves office. prior to the conclave, they speak their minds. greg burke has more. >> some of the cardinals are known. but a lot are not. so it's interesting. they get together a few times every year. but it'
danica patrick do something that truly is a first. and pope benedict xvi takes one of his last opportunities to connect with the masses. and what a welcome he gets. >> st. peters square, erupting in cheers, and their spiritual leaders during one of the most cherished traditions of the catholic church. pope benedict xvi's message to the faithful following his historic time to resign. after accusations this man got physical on board a plane because a child was crying. >> i pushed him away and that's when he-- >> and how this man is claiming the child is suffering as a result. >> and they are called the bravest for a reason. >> what we're now learning about the firefighters that battled this inferno. i'm harris falkner, we begin tonight with an emotional day in rome. pope benedict xvi making his first public appearance since shocking catholics around the world with his decision to retire at the end of the month. the pope speak to go a crowd estimated at 100,000 people in st. peter's square. and the pontiff's voice strong, blessing worshippers in the square and beyond and thanking
. pope benedict's successor, anne thompson is there with more. good morning, anne. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. the conclave to elect pope benedict's successor is scheduled to begin between march 15th and march 20g9, but there is talk it could be moved up because the karmds who will elect the new pope are coming here to rome to say good-bye to pope benedict february 28th. we should hear some word perhaps this week. asked who will succeed pope benedict the pope himself yesterday set off a flurry of speculation at his weekly blessing when he addressed the crowd in spanish, he asked them to pay praise for himself and the future pope. some wondered was he sending a secret signal that he would prefer to see a pope from latin america? i spoke to a vatican spokesman who said there was no secret signal, just the pope offering a prayer. >> anne thompson, thank you. >> nbc's white house correspondent kristen welker is in port st. lucie, traveling with the president. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. president obama heads home later today after a weekend of golf, includin
:00 and 6:00. pope benedict is in the vatican retreat today. how rome is preparing for the election of a new vatican. join us today at health -- at 4:00 right after dr. phil. >>> and please stay with >>> welcome back. here's a look at the five day forecast with marty. >> reporter: let's see how we knock five more days of winter off the calendar. it's not going to be all that intense. 49 with rain tomorrow, 38 behind that cold front coming through thursday still breezy and 41, friday mostly cloudy, maybe a rain shower, 44 on saturday. >> i can't wait for april. >> i know . it's going to be warm. >> i'm ready for that. >>> don't miss the cbs prime time line up. at 10:00 it's hawaii 5-0. >>> a coach stepped up to win a scholarship for his student but he has to hit a big shot. the brandon basketball coach drilled this half court shot over the weekend. he scored a full scholarship for a very lucky student. >> oh, my gosh. that's awesome. >> nothing but net. >> can you imagine that feeling? >> can you imagine that student's parents. >> thank you. >>> thank you so much for watching eyewitness new
as the next pope. with just days left until pope b benedict leaves, church law dictates that the conclave to elect the new pope be held no fewer than 15 days after the sitting pontiff's departure. >>> here's the latest from overseas regarding oscar pistorius, he is the owe almoly runner. he is cancelling all future races as he is behind bars. pistorius maintains his innocence as new evidence is collected from the scene. >> reporter: for oscar pistorius, another day from jail brought visits from his sister, a local preacher. >> he was starting to cry, i came to pray with him. >> reporter: also his agent. >> my visit was in a professional manner to discuss his career, and the plans we had made this year. also to visit him as a friend and give him moral support. >> reporter: the press here has been overflowing with every detail they can find. newspapers quote police sources saying they believe reeva steenkamp was first shot in the bedroom and then through the bathroom door, that he apparently broke through to try to help her. that a cricket bat is considered a key piece of evidence. there's
if it reaches congress. >>> pope benedict xvi delivered one of his last masses. tens of thousands of the fateful gathered to hear the departing pope. an ex week epd will be the final pope. the pope atphoupbtsed he will retire due to failing help. it is the first time -- the pope announced he will retire during the failing help. it is if first mass since he announced he will be stepping down. >> reporter: as the emotionals made it through the pews. some had the question of new leadership on their mind. pope benedict xvi announced their reservation. >> we just have to pray for him and pray for the cardinals. >> reporter: the cardinals are will will be gathering in rome. >> the next pope needs to understand in what we believe and why we believe it. >> even within my family. a lot of us we stepped away from the church. because a lot of us lost faith. >> reporter: candy gonzalez admits today was the first time she's been to mass in years. >> it really broke my heart. i was raised catholic and i feel this is where i belong. i feel like with the new pope thing. >> tom: change. >> there is a crisis of
benedict makes one of his final public appearances today. we'll take you there as he says goodbye. >>> i'm andrea mccarren in woodstock, virginia, where a local family anxiously awaits the arrival of their 14-year- old son stuck in a russian orphanage. i'll have their story coming up. >>> i'm meteorologist topper shutt. high temperature only 36 today. wind chill in the teens most of the day. here's your wakeup weather. cold start, teens and 20s at 5:00. it's still 18 to 24 at 7:00. we'll come back and talk about another storm system rolling in >> when pope benedict speaks,millions listen. delivering one of his final addresses today. he greeted 100,000 worshippers asking his followers to keep on praying for him and for the next pope. the pontiff also told the faithful to pray for strength as the lentin period gets underway. >> today we fast, pray, and being tempted, as we begin our lent journey, we join him and ask him to give us strength to fight our weaknesses. >> the pope's resignation takes affect february 28th. he is the first pope to step down voluntarily in some 600 yeerdst. >> the
much. we learned today that pope benedict xvi is hard of hearing and partially blind in one eye. that's from a journalist who interviewed him recently. in ten days, the pope, who is 85 will retire as head of the catholic church. last night he prayed with some of the cardinals who will choose his successor. he then began a week long spiritual retreat. benedict's time as pope has been turbulent. in the u.s., church attendance is down, there is a shortage of priests, and legal settlements from the sex abuse scandal have cost billions of dollars. the boston archdiocese has closed dozens of churches, but in one of those, parishioners have staged a sit-in that's been going on now for eight years. here's elaine quijano. >> reporter: every friday night, christine arnold and her 14-year-old triplets sean, scott and christian, arrive for their overnight shift at st. francis church. the triplets have been coming here since they were six years old. would it be weird to not come here on a friday night? >> it wouldn't feel right. >> reporter: why not? >> because, like, this kind of like our second
of pope benedict xvi. we'll be back.  [ female announcer ] pillsbury crescents are awesome. but when i cook up some beef, ketchup, relish and cheese, cover it with crescent dough and pow! cheeseburger crescent casserole. double awesome. pillsbury crescents. let the making begin. [ malcrrkkhshziiiizzlllee. to this symphony of flavor: beautiful. shhhhshshshshhshshhhhhsshhhshs. gorgeous! here comes the crescendo. kkerrrrbbuuuuuucraaackkk. just...incredible. pillsbury toaster strudel. if beethoven made breakfast. >>> pope benedict xvi made another public appearance over the weekend policing a crowd of about 100,000 people in st. peter's square. it was one of his last appearances as pope. the 85-year-old announced last week that he will be resigning on february 28th. a report in a german magazine over the weekend made claims the pope appears to have gone blind in one eye and is also having trouble hearing and is incredibly thin. >>> closer to home, a leaked immigration proposal is drawing harsh criticism from republicans it would create a special visa for illegal imm
in june. his supporters in australia have put his name in the run for the senate. >>> pope benedict is behind closed doors for traditional lenten prayer. thousands gathered yesterday to say goodbye to the pope. he will host his last blessing next sunday followed by a nine general audience on february 27th, the day before he officially steps down. >>> an amazing fact about friday's meteor strike in russia. shockwaves were felt by nuclear sensors halfway around the world. friday's mid-air explosion over central russia had the force of 30 hiroshima nuclear bombs. more than half of the glass that was broken has been replaced. several so-called meteor pieces are already on sale on ebay, but as the saying goes, buyer beware. >> 1 million square feet of glass shattered when that hit. >> that is incredible. i need to go to my backyard and get some rocks. >> some meteor rocks. >> of course. let me clarify. >>> just a week after getting slammed by that monster blizzard, parts of the northeast are digging out from yet another big storm. northern new england got the worst of it with some cities
have spoken to feels that the curia has really done a disservice to pope benedict xvi, and i think what was clear in that washington post article is that his butler gave those documents over to the investigative reporter here in italy not as a way to hurt pope benedict but, rather, to show all the infighting and betrayal that goes -- that has gone on in the curia and that was an impediment to the reforms that benedict tried to put in place. the big focus of his papacy has been the re-evangilization to get catholics particularly in western europe and in north america excited again about their faith. to say anything that the next pope needs to clean house -- >> it's a communication strategy, something this pope hasn't had. andrea. >> ann thompson. >> for the tenth anniversary of the iraq war. it's been a decade, and tonight msnbc is air this documentary -- in this excerpt prosecute the film congress votes to give president bush the authority to launch a war against iraq when his secretary of state colin powell has the doubts on that war. >> joint resolution is passed. without objection --
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